ERIC Number: ED071708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Reference Count: 0
User Preference in Printed Indexes.
Hall, Angela M.
Since subject indexes are extensively used in retrieval from abstracts journals it is surprising how little data is available on the performance of the many types of indexes now available. A handful of projects have been carried out in which an attempt has been made to isolate the elements which influence the performance of printed subject-indexes for manual searching and to study the extent of this influence. There are many problems involved in a project of this type and not least, those arising from the continuous interaction of the user with the index and the modification of his initial requirement in the light of the information which the index presents. For the studies reported here, the importance of the role of the user in the performance of the indexes was accepted and the reactions of the users to various characteristics of printed indexes were sought. By means of a questionnaire both information workers and scientific personnel were invited to indicate their use of different abstracts journals and indexes and to assess the characteristics of the indexes. The design of the questionnaire, choice of a representative sample of users, and the results extracted from the responses are detailed in this report. (Related studies are: LI 004106 and 004107) (Author/SJ)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Indexes, Information Retrieval, Information Scientists, Librarians, Questionnaires, Scientists, Use Studies
INSPEC, The Institution of Electrical Engineers, Savoy Place, London WC2R OBL, England
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office for Scientific and Technical Information, London (England).
Authoring Institution: Institution of Electrical Engineers, London (England).
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